Supermoon Last Sunday Night

supermoonDid you happen to see how big and bright the moon was Sunday night? I peaked outside around midnight and saw what looked like a spot light on my driveway. I then looked up and was amazed at how the supermoon lit up the night sky!

A supermoon is when the moon is full and is at its closest distance from the earth during its monthly orbit. The scientific name for this is the perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system, or a “perigee moon.” According to NASA, when the moon is a supermoon, it appears to be about 14% larger and 30% brighter than other full moons. Full moons occur about every 29 days, and there are between 4 to 6 supermoons every year. Due to the moon’s elliptical orbit around the Earth, the distance between the two will vary each month from 222,000 to 252,000 miles. Therefore, a supermoon is about 30,000 miles closer to the Earth.

This summer there will be a total of 3 supermoons. If you happened to miss the first 2, July 12th and August 10th, don’t worry you will have one more chance to see it this year on September 9th. Be sure to mark your calendars!

For more information and pictures, go to:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supermoon

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/spectacular-photos-supermoon/story?id=24926198

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/10/supermoon-2014-photos-tweets-live-updates_n_5657744.html

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